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Inhabitat Dutch Design Trip, Dutch Design

I’d love to hear from anyone (Dutch or not) who is knowledgeable about designy things to do in the Netherlands. As regular readers will know, Inhabitat has a bit of a thing for Dutch design. I am about to embark on a Dutch design tour this July and am looking for suggestions on where to go, what to do, and who to check out for Inhabitat.

At the moment I’m thinking of hitting Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and spending perhaps a day or two in Eindhoven. Dutch designers and design aficionados – please get in touch with me or leave suggestions in the comments!

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  1. jim termeer July 24, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    oops- maybe I was too late.

  2. jim termeer July 24, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Jill-

    Here’s some more tips from my 2 years there.

    0. If you find yourself in a old dutch house, watch how they do the dishes. Talk about an effecient use of water.

    1. Tilberg- Depont Museum: Probably one of the nicest factory-turned contemporary art spaces I’ve been in. (Much more coherent than the DIA Beacon or Mass Moca) Truly worth the 15 minute walk north of the station. Don’t foget to go to the Library in the museum.

    2. Eindoven- Van Abbe Museum- Big contrast to the Depont, (kinda like a jumbled up Moma), but also a really nice space (and library to boot!). Just down the street from the Witte Dame (Design Academy Eindhoven) which will be most likely a short visit since the staff is away on holiday. Not really much to see in the summer anyway- just a pretty building, Also nearby is the Motta bookstore who carries a lot of books from 010 publishers- i.e. the stuff you can’t get in the US. If you are feeling that you need a dutch haircut (betya no one else suggested this), go to Arena Haarmode across the street. Good food in Eindhoven? Not much, but eating at Vroom & Dressman can be kinda fun in a touristy way. There may be some locally grown places around town by now. Another tip- if you see a well-designed shop in Eindhoven bets are that it was done by a Design Academy grad. The town really gets into the spirit. (Makes us americans seem downright dowdy sometimes).

    3. Rotterdam: Yes, go to the NAI, but also take a walk to see the Cube houses on the SE side of the mall area. Also, take the time to walk over the Erasmus Bridge. (You’ll gravitate toward it anyway just to see what it is.) A lot of the Dutch designers have their studios in Rotterdam, hidden away in industrial parks (including OMA). A few emails may get you an interview (if they aren’t on holiday).

    4. Utrecht: Centraal museum, Holland’s main historical museum. They have a knack for mixing the old and new and presenting it in a way that makes things clear.

    That’s what I have for now. Have fun.

  3. Inhabitat » Blog ... July 13, 2006 at 9:30 pm

    […] I was really surprised and impressed by how many people got in touch with me regarding my upcoming trip to the Netherlands. I never realized we had so many Dutch readers! […]

  4. Inhabitat » Blog ... July 10, 2006 at 9:56 pm

    […] I mentioned my trip to the Netherlands a few weeks ago, but what I didn’t mention is that I will be embarking on a whirlwind tour of Scandinavia shortly afterwards. If Inhabitat has any Scandinavian readers (and according to the survey we have about 20!) – I would love to get tips from you guys on what to check out in terms if sustainable design and architecture in Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen. I will only be in each of these places for a day or two, so please keep that in mind. What I’m mainly looking for is interesting buildings, designers and shops within the central area of the capital cities. Also, if you are a designer or shop owner, please get in touch if you want to meet up! […]

  5. Jill July 7, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    Hi guys-

    Here’s the list from Joost (at

    Here are some of the things I like in Amsterdam

    – The Lloyd hotel, so good choice!
    – Hotel Arena

    – Stedelijk CS It’s in a former Dutch Post building near Central Station. While you’re there, have a coffee at the 11th floor at Club11
    and visit don’t remember the floor.

    Stedelijk is the only museum in Amsterdam that’s known for it’s design collection.

    – Don’t know if you like this, but Foam is a cool little photography museum with a nice interior.

    – The Frozen Fountain
    – Post Amsterdam although it’s not very good
    – Studio91
    – Ask for a shopping area called ‘de negen straatjes’ (9 streets). There are some really nice shops there.
    – Ozenfant
    – De Kastoor, Rozengracht 202, tel. 521 81 12

    – Yam Yam. Traditional Italian pizza and food. –
    – Werck. Near Anna Frank House.
    – Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.
    – If you like chinese food is famous in The Netherlands. Not as good as most NYC chinese restaurants though.

    – Hotel Arena
    – Paradiso
    – Sugar Factory
    – Club11 (hottest club right now)
    – Jimmy Woo. Hard to get in, great interior!

    I don’t know Rotterdam very well, even though I was born there. Here are a couple of things I love there.

    – Boymans van Beuningen museum
    – Vivid Gallery
    – Meet with the people at

  6. Nick Simpson June 26, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    Hey Joost,

    Put the list on here so we can all see it, I’d love to know the best places to visit over there…

  7. Joost June 23, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    I live in Amsterdam. Drop me an email and I’ll make you a list of things you’ll like :)



  8. koen June 20, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    if coming to belgium also check out the design museum

  9. Mad June 20, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    You should maybe swing by Delft University. Its not very far from Rotterdam. I am about to go and study there for six months all the way from Australia, because they have such an excellent international reputation for Industrial Design amongst other disciplines. Particularly for eco-design.

  10. Ro June 20, 2006 at 10:12 am

    And when in Rotterdam, don’t forget the Kunsthal (, built by Rem Koolhaas.
    And of course all the stuff mentioned before.

    Maybe drop some of us a line when you’re in the neighborhood?

  11. Jill June 19, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much for all the great suggestions everyone!

    Peter I would love to go to Antwerp (actually I have family there) but it is just a little too out of the way – I’m only going to be there for 4-5 days, so I don’t want things to get too hectic.

    Anyways, thanks again. I really appreciate all the great tips. My trip is in the end of July and I will definitely get in touch – and will be writing all about it on Inhabitat.

  12. Nick Simpson June 19, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    Last time I was there I contacted the guy that runs, he was really helpful and a very nice guy. Wherever you go, enjoy yourself, it’s a brilliant country and I go over whenever I can (hoping to move over in two years). And as cliched as it sounds, cycling around cities like Amsterdam is the best way to see them – quick, easy, relaxing, flexible and the only real way to see the places as the Dutch see them!

    Have a quick look at too – it’ll give you a quick rundown of the events that’ll be on in Amsterdam whilst you’re there.

  13. Dude in The Hague June 19, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    The guy (Pim) is a pretty unknown designer but has some great stuff you may like. the website is a bit annoying to navigate. Not sure if he speaks English. His studio is in Delft, about 20 minutes by car from Rotterdam.

  14. John Labovitz June 19, 2006 at 6:15 am

    Several years ago, I really enjoyed the Postal Museum (aka the Communications Museum) in The Hague. What I remember most was a large display of phone cards, all laid out and beautiful in their variety.

  15. Robert June 18, 2006 at 8:20 pm

    Great a nice tour in Rotterdam can be done by water taxi (! Visit for more touristic info. Drop by in the NAI ( for architectual inspiration. Take the art tour here for more pictures or mail me!

  16. Peter June 18, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    Antwerpen is a major (dutch-speaking Belgian) design center, especially for fashion.

    Of course the droog movement in Amsterdam is centered on the Frozen Fountain boutique.

  17. ingeborg June 18, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    You could visit to look for the lastest on design and architecture. Would have to learn Dutch though, or be a good picture interpreter ;-). Or send me a mail with more specifics on what you would like to find.



  18. spinster June 18, 2006 at 7:12 am

    When you are in Rotterdam, make sure to visit Studio Hergebruik, a shop and exhibition space for design based on recycled materials and reuse. They are located on Coolsingel, across the city hall (prime location indeed).

    VIVID, Centre for Design, supports Dutch design; they have an exhibition space, and maybe you can make an appointment with them for an interview?

    Of course, Atelier van Lieshout is based in Rotterdam. They don’t have a public space of their own, but you can maybe get in touch with them too.

    I also just discovered this space’s website: Follow The White Rabbit, in Delfshaven, a historical quarter in R’dam – they seem to organize exhibitions about the intersection between art, design, craft and handwork; haven’t visited them yet but looks promising.

    Not strictly design, but also worth a visit: the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) always has very interesting exhibitions; this summer their main show, China Contemporary, is about Chinese contemporary architecture, art and culture (also in Nederlands Fotomuseum and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen).

    And of course, explore the city by yourself to discover nice shops and architecture. In terms of shopping, interesting streets are Witte de Withstraat, William Boothlaan, Pannenkoekstraat, Nieuwe Binnenweg.

    General Dutch design news can be found here:

    Have fun!

  19. errek72 June 17, 2006 at 10:49 pm

    Maastricht is defenitely worth a visit, go to the Céramique quarter and you will find a completely new part of town filled with modern architecture, and the Bonnefanten museum looks like a tintin rocket -always brings a smile to my face. I think it’s a lovely place lovely and more relaxed than most other Dutch cities.

  20. Guus Baggermans June 17, 2006 at 8:51 pm

    If you get to eindhoven, be sure to drop by the Design Academy ( and the TU/e faculty of Industrial Design (


    Guus Baggermans of Studio469

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